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    Cruising at approximately 130 MPH, and having a flight range of over 200 miles, Air Med1 provides excellent patient care with rapid transport to centers of excellence throughout Illinois and Indiana. The aircraft is equipped with the most state of the art flight safety, communications and medical technology to transport critically ill and injured patients. For information or to request a transport, call (800) 832-2000 and ask for the Flight Desk. Airmed 1 is not a direct air carrier. In Illinois, aviation services are provided by Metro Aviation, Inc. In Michigan, aviation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation.

Services We Provide

Superior Air Med 1 fully licenced by the Illinois Department of Public Health under the Special EMS Vehicle statues (SEMSV) for both accident scene response and interfacility transport for critically ill patients.    



Our experienced flight medical crew is able to continue therapies that are started at sending facilities.  We also have a very extensive Standard Operating Procedures manual to assist with every likely patient need.   Here is a partial listing of the types of patients that may benefit from a decreased transport time between hospitals.  




  • Severe head injuries
    Potential emergent surgical intervention
    Craniotomy  or Ventriculostomy
  • Multisystem trauma with potential hemodynamic deterioration Examples of this would include:
    Unstable vital signs
    Evidence of ongoing severe hemorrhage
    Major liver injury
    Major injury of the abdomen or retroperitoneum
  • Chest
    Potential or suspected major vascular hemorrhage
    Suspected Cardiac injury
    Suspected or potential airway disruption
  • Pelvis Fracture with ongoing severe hemorrhage

  • Major extremity injuries
    Open fracture
  • Ischemic extremity



  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction STEMI or Non- STEMI
  • Ongoing ischemic symptoms despite maximal medical therapy
  • Life threatening arrhythmia
  • Unstable acute VSD
  • cardiac tamponade
  • Suspected aortic dissection
  • Need for other emergent interventions not available at referring institution



  • Leaking / ruptured aortic aneurysm
  • Acute CVA with potential need for thrombolytic therapy not available at referring facility
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage not controlled at referring institution - Severe overdose requiring hemodialysis
  • Severe hypothermia requiring cardiac bypass
  • Decompression illness or carbon monoxide poisoning with coma or focal neurologic deficit requiring hyperbaric oxygen
  • Transfer of time-sensitive transplant organ
  • Intracranial hemorrhage requiring emergent surgical intervention



When time is critical, it is important to make the right choice.   If your fire department or other EMS agency requires a patient to be rapidly transported to trauma center, Air Med 1 provides expert care for your time sensitive patient.  

Here is a listing of reasons to call for accident scene response.  This is not an exclusive list, however.   There are many unforeseen situations where helicopter transport makes the difference for your patient.



            Head injured patients with one of the


           Glasgow Coma Scale less than 12 or deteriorating

           Focal neurologic findings


          Penetrating injury or open fracture

            Patients with the following chest injuries:

            Possible tension pneumothorax

            Major chest wall injury

            Potential cardiac injury

            Penetrating chest wound


           Patients with unstable vital signs including:

            hypotension, tachypnea, severe

            respiratory failure


          Burn patients with potential airway



            Patients with spine injuries with

            neurologic involvement and potential

            airway/breathing compromise



            Exceptions (patients who may require

            transport but do not meet the above


            • Long distance transports of critical patients

            (more than 2 hours by ground)

            • Situations where resources at the sending

            facility are severely limited:

            • Mass casualty situations

            • Lack of availability of ground transport

            • Lack of availability of critical care personnel

            to accompany patient Weather conditions

            that ground transport dangerous (e.g. icy

            roads but clear skies)